My name is Christine Black. I am 44 years old and the Head teacher of the International Montessori English Speaking Preschool in Munich. I am married with two grown children and 1 grandchild. I am British from Northern England. I have lived in Munich for 13 years and worked at the Preschool for 8 years.
I am a Montessori-trained teacher, with NAMC Diploma Qualification. I also have a Child Psychology Diploma, and a Social Work with Children and Families Diploma. Additionally, I have an Aromatherapy Diploma - a skill I use to create a peaceful environment for the children.
My interests are photography, cooking and gardening.
I became a teacher because I enjoy teaching small children new things every day and sparking their interests. I chose the Montessori path because I believe in teaching children to respect one another, their environment, and for our world. And I love that the Montessori philosophy develops the whole child. It's a joy to watch these wonderful children grow and mature into curious little citizens of the planet. I am always looking forward to working with each child's unique approach to learning, as they follow their own independent ideas.
My name is Karen Reynolds, from Dublin, Ireland. I studied Montessori Education (3-12 years) at St. Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Montessori Education (3-12 years) in 2009. I also have further qualifications in both Early Education and Caring for Children.
Prior to studying for my Montessori degree, I worked as both a Special Needs Assistant and a Classroom Assistant for 5 years for a National Primary School in Dublin.
I chose to study the Montessori method after working with an inspirational Montessori teacher who opened my eyes to the unique child whose abilities and love of learning can be engaged and stimulated through Montessori's Prepared Environment.
Everyday in the International Montessori English-speaking Preschool, I am fortunate to work with other teachers who, like me, seek to guide each individual child in fulfilling his or her natural inclination to learn and discover new and fascinating materials that develop not just the intellect, but the whole self.
My name is Sita Pereira-Schneider. I am 31 years old and the German teacher at the Preschool. I am married. I am half German and half Dutch. I lived in Munich until the age of 8 and then grew up in Dubai, coming back to Munich in 2000. I grew up speaking mainly English, but also fluent German. I studied 3 and half years in England.
As a child, I was in a Montessori Kindergarten and school, and those were wonderful years.
I became a teacher because I enjoy teaching small children new things and I like to see the development of the Child. I chose the Montessori path because I love the Idea of Maria Montessori's method, and I love that the Montessori philosophy develops the whole child.